miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park 

by 

Jane Austen


563 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by DeBolsillo (first published May 1814)
ISBN:8484505081 (ISBN13: 9788484505082)
Edition Language:Spanish

 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A los 10 años Fanny Price llega a vivir a casa de sus pudientes tios en Mansfield Park. Sir Thomas Bertram es un baronet, que se casó con su tia y tienen cuatro hijos mayores que ella. Ella es la sobrina pobretona a quien han aceptado por caridad, y su tia Norris, la otra hermana de su madre, nunca permite que ella olvide su mala situación. Sometida, se refugia en los libros y en la amistad de su primo Edmund.

Fanny Price a primera vista parece la protagonistas más ñoña de Austen. Es más fácil en tiempos modernos sentir mayor admiración por Elizabeth de OyP , fuerte y rebelde, que por esta chica docil y con una timidez patológica, temerosa de expresar hasta sus objeciones y observaciones morales por no parecer 'poco agradecida' y por no ser 'su lugar'. Sin embargo, es esta misma muchacha quien /SPOILER/ ----->le dice que no a la generosa propuesta de Henry Crawford, si bien hacia el final se estaba ablandando cuando Henry hablaba de llevar su negocios, enfrentandose a su administrador mañoso, lejos de las tentaciones de Londres y sus fiestas. <----SPOILER>

La parte rescatable de la historia es la forma de escribir de Austen, pues se pasea largamente por saloncitos, cotilleos y tias abrumadoras, y parques con bosques y pastos (hasta el cansancio -ay que oda bucolica) para realizar una critica social en su forma irónica de la sociedad de lugartenientes y gente acomodada de la Inglaterra de 1800s.


martes, 7 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Denver (The Enchanter 1)

Denver (the Enchanter 1)

by 

Flynn Eire

 

140 pages
Published December 18th 2014 by Supernatural Script Inc. (first published December 16th 2014)
ISBN13:9781940036397
Edition Language:English

BLURB: What daft wanker stepped in it now? That’s the first thing that goes through Dorian Devil’s mind when his phone rings, and he puts his own life on hold to fix someone else’s screw-ups. One call, that’s all anyone ever gets from this enchanter, and Dorian neither makes exceptions nor believes in enabling people not to protect themselves. In order to repair the situation, he must erase the client’s existence from everything. Friends, family, employment… Lovers. Heaven forbid any part of their life is complicated—Dorian doesn’t do complications. 
Fledgling vampire, Seth Kohler, on the run in Denver, makes his one call to Dorian, unsure of what will happen to him once he raises the paranormal 9-1-1. Turning everything over to Dorian, Seth has to trust in the powers of the Enchanter.

2.5 charming stars

Mis etiquetas: adult-mature, fantasia-urbana, m-m, mxm-erotica-romance-paranormal, vampiros
This book ends at 75% aprox, so I skip the rest of excerpts and publicity.

Not what I think it could be. So if you are looking for some PR... is not your book.

Vampires and weres exist in this world as a hidden society, but some police and hunters are after them. So, you get only one ticket to start over and avoid them. Enter the Enchanter, also known this days as Dorian Devil. A vampire ..sorcerer? able to erase your former life to give you another chance. Just only one.

Dorian has the personality of a charming bastard, powerful, a bit jaded for events of his past. His client, Seth, is young, insecure and naive.Dorian just wants to work and pass to the next.

This has a good start and premise, but became a bit repetitive with the issues , and insecurities, of both men. Different fears, and centuries of different experiences.

Not your usual end.


lunes, 6 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence#1)

Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)

by 

Max Gladstone


336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN:0765333104 (ISBN13: 9780765333100)
Edition Language:English
BLURB: A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.
Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: alternate-reality, deidades-y-dioses, fantasy, gargolas, magical-practitioners, multiple-pov, necromancy, vampiros

{bilingual review}

What we did, what was done to us, was not war. The sky opened and the earth rose. Water burned and fire flowed. The dead became weapons. The weapons came alive.

En este mundo, los dioses existen y estuvieron a punto de destruir todo con sus guerras. Como poderosas entidades, se encuentran atados a contratos, subsisten con sacrificios y adoradores. Un balance obtenido con almas, sangre y donde el poder se transa todos los dias con reyes inmortales, sacerdotes, jueces y abogados magicos contractuales.

Theologians centuries back had developed a faster method. One god gave of his power to another, or to a group of worshipers, on a promise of repayment in kind, and of more soulstuff than had been initially lent. Gods grew knit to gods, pantheons to pantheons, expecting, and indeed requiring, their services to be returned. Power flowed, and divine might increased beyond measure. There were risks, though.

Tara es una Craftwoman, recien graduada y expulsada en medio de problemas de la Escuela Escondida (de magia), nigromante y experta en contratos y hechizos del oficio , se siente sorprendida al ser llamada por una prominente Ms. Kevarian para atender a un cliente en la ciudad de Alt Coulumb.

Lo más sorpresivo podria parecer es que en medio de tanta deidad y tautologia taumaturgia, estan los ingenieros, los maquinistas que encuentran un modo de usar el poder divino o en su defecto la magia con sus enormes reglas terrorificas para hacer funcionar cosas tan pedestres como luces, trenes, calderas y mover cosas.

jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)


Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)

by  

Eileen Wilks


 313 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
ISBN:0451488032 (ISBN13: 9780451488039)
Edition Language:English


BLURB: Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt. 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: demons, fantasia-urbana, gnomes, hic-sunt-dracones, magia, magical-practitioners, married-couple, shapeshifters, stupid-cliffhanger, werewolf-hombrelobo-lycans

Primero que nada: El libro termina en CLIFFHANGER, sólo para que lo sepan.

Perdí la mitad de mis notas al borrarlas por error, pero recuerdo perfectamente esto: PRIMERA ESCENA - CULLEN SEABORN EN ZUNGA.

Cullen siendo fantabuloso en zunga.

Wow.

Yo quiero video en camara lenta de eso.

"The woman in front of him let out a loud laugh. “If you’re tired of women climbing all over you, why you wearing that little Speedo? Man as pretty as you don’t need to show off what he’s got.”
“What, you think I’m asking for it? Isn’t that what some people say if a woman wears anything more revealing than a burka?”
“I like you,” she announced. “What’s your name?”
“Cullen.

Bueno, después de eso ¿a que más podria aspirar una obra? XD

sábado, 28 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Lioness of Morocco

 +Digitalcopy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

 The Lioness of Morocco 

by  

Julia Drosten


448 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by AmazonCrossing (first published January 3rd 2013)
Original Title: Die Löwin von Mogador
ISBN:1503941922 (ISBN13: 9781503941922)
Edition Language:English
 
 BLURB: Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin’s rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals…and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.But Benjamin’s lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he’s arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla’s family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she’ll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Reto 2017 - #11:autor que use seudonimo

Sybilla es la hija de una familia de un comerciante acaudalado en Inglaterra de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Le gusta leer, y tiene ideas bastantes definidas que no incluyen asentarse sin ver el mundo como el resto de sus pares. Pero pronto ve que como soltera nunca dejará de ser tratada como una niña que nunca es escuchada en casa de su padre. ¿Su solución? Se casa con un empleado de su padre que ve claramente no será muy dificil , y arregla que sean enviados a Marruecos, especificamente al puerto de Mogador donde se efectua todo el comercio.

Como comentaba esto me recuerda esas miniseries de los 80s, con la historia de una familia, viajes exoticos, aderezado con un toque de romance y algo de peligro.

Entretiene. Las descripciones son interesantes., pero nunca llega a demostrar más allá de la superficie. Conflictos de la época entre gobernantes y gobiernos europeos por el control de la zona apenas son mencionados como hechos escuetos.

Remember: the worst man is he who accepts no apology, forgives no sin, and excuses no mistake.”

Reseña: Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes, #1-2)

+Digital-arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

 Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes #1-2)

by 

Jean-Luc Istin

 


177 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Insight Comics (first published 2013)
ISBN:1608878775 (ISBN13: 9781608878772)
Edition Language:English
Series:Elfes #1-2



3.5 nature stars.

Más estilo Salvatore que Tolkien. Buen arte.

Set in a fantasy world, with humans, elves (blue - dark - sylvan), orcs, dwarves, and... creatures, lacks the apropiate background to undestand a couple of things, it feel like we are presented with the second tome rather than the first.

elves1

Reseña: Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno

*Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno 

by 

Walt Disney Company

88 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Papercutz
ISBN;1629915920 (ISBN13: 9781629915920)
 English.
 BLURB: Imagine if you will, a satirical retelling of Dante Aligheri s Inferno starring Mickey Mouse. This is the very first of the world-famouse, er, famous Great Parodies featuring classic Disney stars in outrageous spoofs of the world s greatest stories."
 
My rating: 1 of 5 stars



Sorry but no. I didn't like it.

Este es un comic realizado originalmente por Guido Martina en 1949, ilustrado por Angelo Bioletti, ahora reimpreso con un script de Stefan Petrucha. Un 'clásico'.

I was curious about this, but it turned out to be much rarer than expected. Maybe there iare a special circle in inferno for bad parodies after all.

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